Here lies Popping Culture: August 12 2005

We never met in real life or even online but his blog is a testimony that the world lost a good man.

God bless him and his family and support them in this time of need.-- law

Mrs Popping says:

I am sad to report that your fair host and friend is no longer with us.

The doctors told us today that even if Dan did survive the pneumonia and associated problems he would not be strong enough to receive more chemotherapy for a while. The pulmonologist also said that the fluid in his lungs was probably almost gone, but the tumors were probably what was causing problems in his chest (in addition to the pneumonia). Considering that it's already been over a month since he had chemo, he decided that it was time to end his struggle. After receiving enough drugs to make him sleep and become unaware of what was going on, he was taken off the ventilator. Less than an hour later, he took his last breath. He did not struggle or have any pain. I am thankful that he was able to call the shots the entire time. It ensured that all measures taken were what he wanted, and it took a huge burden off of me. All I had to do was make sure he was asleep before the tube came out.

Dan was a blessing to many people and I would not be the person I am without him. If I could do it all over again, I would not hesitate to love him and be married to him again, even if I had to lose him again.


No real news, but read this anyway because my husband has cancer and I said so.

There's not much to update except that Dan's blood cell counts are a little low so he might get another blood transfusion tonight.

When we went to visit tonight, he was watching pre-season NFL starring the fabulous Green Bay Packers.

Also, if you go to www.hmpartners.org and click on send a smile at the right, you can send Dan a message. I thought I remembered that they didn't deliver messages to the intensive care units, but the web page doesn't say that, so give it a try. His location is St. Elizabeth Health Center. He would love to hear from all of you!

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A Little More Good News

The endoscopy today showed no blockage so Dan got the feeding tube put in today with no problem. His red blood cell count was low last night so he got a blood transfusion. Also last night he had some trouble breathing for a minute and ended up coughing up quite a bit of phglem. Then he was OK. The pulmonologist said his right lung looked better in the x-ray this morning. He said that when he came in Tuesday night, Dan's lung was infected about 75% pneumonia and now it's less than 50%.


August 07, 2005
Popping Culture News Flash

Dan is sleeping downstairs tonight because he's tired of messing with the stairs and he found a comfortable position in his chair that helps his breathing. So he asked me to check in and let you all know he'll be back soon.

Also, it looks like comments are not working again, so we'll have to check that out.

Also, here's a word from Francis the cat.
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More news tomorrow.

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August 04, 2005
Popping Cancer Update.

Consider no news good news this time.

I'm stone tired. A full day of breathing has me wiped out and I'm off to sleep.

Just enough strength to load the normal sleepy-time graphic.


irst of all, you need to know that we have a little St. Francis statue on our porch. Also, we get a lot of stray animals.

This is a cat that has taken up residence on our porch. It has many fleas, so it can't come in. If it is still out there in the morning, Mrs. Popping Culture is taking it (we think it's a she) to the vet to get cleaned up and we'll probably keep it.

The name, male or female, will be Francis, obviously.

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Meet Mr. Over-reaction.

Two teens egged his truck. He shot one of them to death.

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August 02, 2005
Popping Cancer Update.

Saw the cancer doctor today. He said no chemotherapy for another two weeks, to give me time to get my lungs straight. I'm breathing a little easier, which indicates the pneumonia is going away, but I still can't climb the stairs without fits or even walk to the bathroom without needing to rest and catch my breath.

So the schedule from the last update remains the same so far. That's pretty much it: it was a relatively uneventful visit.

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